There's one thing that even the traveler who can afford to go anywhere can't buy: time.
Rest assured, if they could, our nation's wealthy would slip through history in nuclear-powered DeLoreans, splashing time-space mud upon the rest of us present-bound plebes as they zoomed past.
To help them out (all of us, really), we've identified the next best thing: a roundup of destinations -- from bucolic to bourgeois -- that will make you forget what era you're in.
Hotel Monteleone (New Orleans)
New Orleans is like an accordion of time, with every period folded over onto itself, forming a single wild note.
This sound can be heard loudest in the French Quarter.
No hotel captures the rich, rhythmic history of the city like Hotel Monteleone.
Built in 1886, the Beaux-Arts style high-rise transports you to the early city's heyday as soon as you enter its majestic white marble-covered lobby.
Done up in elegant style, author suites are named after favorite former guests William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.
A visit to the Carousel Bar & Lounge is practically mandatory. The bar has been revolving for 64 years and specializes in the Vieux Carre Cocktail -- a mixture of Benedictine, Peychaud, Angostura bitters, rye whiskey, cognac and dry vermouth that was reportedly invented by one of the Monteleone bartenders as patrons spun around him.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans; +1 504 523 3341; rooms from $170
The Biltmore Hotel (Miami/Coral Gables)
Constructed with Italian, Spanish and Moorish influences, the Biltmore in Miami-Coral Gables is a towering, opulent castle rising from South Florida's tropical terrain.
During its prime, the Coral Gables Biltmore was a favorite of the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts, mobsters, celebs and European dignitaries.
While you can no longer see weekly synchronized swimming and alligator wrestling, take swimming lessons from Johnny Weissmuller (before he was Tarzan) or dance to oversized jazz orchestras, there are still plenty of old school luxuries.
For instance, the Donald Ross-designed golf course, originally constructed in 1925, and afternoon tea while listening to classical guitarists.
The Biltmore,1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Fla.; +1 835 311 6903; rooms from $209
Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, California)
Built in 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel predates the city of Beverly Hills by two years.
Early on, the Mediterranean-revival building hosted Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Will Rogers, and the star power carried on through the years.
Elizabeth Taylor spent six of her eight honeymoons at the Pink Palace.
From the '40s-era Formica counter and pink stools of the Fountain Coffee Room to the canopied beds to the white-and-forest-green-striped Polo Lounge, it's easy to forget which war is on.
Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif.; +1 310 276 2251; rooms from $492
Hotel Lautner (Desert Hot Springs, California)
The Desert Hot Springs Motel was a midcentury-modern oasis designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé John Lautner.